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History offers the best argument for continuing affirmative action

Affirmative action still has a vital role to play for addressing the history of discrimination: perspective by Glenn Altschuler
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Is Russia headed for a return to Stalinism?

Putin can’t reconstruct the regime that Stalin built, or save Russia from chaos, professor Sidney Tarrow writes in Washington Post analysis.
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The long history of disinformation during war

While we might crave information, we are right to be suspicious of the sources that provide it, Barry Strauss, professor of history and classics, writes in Washington Post commentary.
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The U.K. wants to send refugees to Rwanda. That’s become a trend.

In The Washington Post, Rachel Beatty Riedl comments on a new program shifting migrants to nations in the Global South.
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Why aren’t Americans rallying around Biden during a war?

More Republicans disapprove of President Biden than Democrats disapprove of Trump: analysis by government professors Peter Enns and Douglas Kriner in the Washington Post.
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Calling Ukrainian refugees more ‘civilized’ than Syrians requires willful amnesia

In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Oumar Ba, writes that historical events such as wars and atrocities are treated as distant parts of Europe’s past.
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Russia may be about to invade Ukraine. Russians don’t want it to.

For Putin, invading Ukraine comes with political risk at home, show surveys conducted by Bryn Rosenfeld and colleauges.
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The Kremlin has a new toolkit for shutting down independent news media

Bryn Rosenfeld, assistant professor of government, writes in an op-ed in the Washington Post that the Russian government is making operations difficult for independent media outlets – even those that don’t criticize the Kremlin.
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Americans aren’t learning about anti-Asian bias. We have the data.

Peter K. Enns, professor of government, and Katherine Zaslavsky, graduate student in sociology, write in the Washington Post that since the coronoavirus pandemic began, Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have endured a spike in hate crimes, with elderly people attacked on the street and an Atlanta gunman killing eight people, six of them women of Asian descent. Are Americans aware of the trend? they ask.
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Latina and Black women lost jobs in record numbers. Policies designed for all women don’t necessarily help.

Friday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report on January employment included bad news about Black and Latina women in the workforce, writes Jamila Michener, associate professor of government in a Washington Post op-ed.
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Some GOP members didn’t accept Biden’s win. What happens when an anti-democratic faction rocks a democracy?

In a Washington Post op-ed, Cornell government professors Rachel Beatty Riedl and Kenneth Roberts write that Republican leaders’ response to the armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and other recent events suggested that some are unwilling to accept the legitimacy of free and fair elections, a problem not just for the Republican Party but for U.S. democracy more broadly.
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China’s leaders say that Biden offers a ‘new window of hope.’ Their experts are more skeptical.

What will a new U.S. administration mean for U.S.-China relations? Jessica Chen Weiss, associate professor of government, gives four areas to watch as Biden takes office.
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Trump obsesses over ‘dominating’ covid-19 because he wants to look manly

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Kate Manne, associate professor of philosophy, analyzes President Trump’s attitude toward covid-19.

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Putin’s support is weakening. Will that show up in Russia’s regional elections this weekend?

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Bryn Rosenfeld, assistant professor of government, and co-authors discuss whether waning support for Putin will show up in Sunday's  elections, featuring 9,000 races in 83 regions.

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Vigilantes claim to preserve law and order. Their true goal is to save Whiteness.

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Joseph Margulies, professor of government in the College of Arts and Sciences, writes about the root causes of recent vigilante violence across the U.S.

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Stop worrying about protecting ‘taxpayers.’ That isn’t the government’s job.

As negotiations over the next wave of federal support for the economy continue, Republican critics of further relief spending are reverting to an old idea of the besieged taxpayer as funding extravagant projects, writes Lawrence Glickman, the Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor in American Studies, in an op-ed in the Washington Post.